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Why Christians Shouldn’t Celebrate Communion (aka The Eucharist)

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Holy Communion.  The Holy Eucharist.  The Lord’s Supper.  These are all names that Christians use to refer to a religious sacrament which involves a group of believers coming together and sampling two edible elements: some kind of bread product, and some grape related liquid.  Sometimes a loaf of bread is passed around and everyone rips a bite sized piece off of it.  Or sometimes a plate of small crackers are passed around like an offering plate and each person takes one.  Sometimes the liquid element is actual wine, other times it’s just grape juice.  Read more of this post

Judaism, Christianity & Biblical Commands: Sorting Out the Confusion

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The modern Christian Bible is filled with commandments, instructions, and guidelines—many of which are not applicable to Christians.  So before you pin up a copy of the Ten Commandments or start stressing over some rule that you find God laying down in Scriptures, you need to understand some basic facts about Bible commands.  So let’s get into it. Read more of this post

Law vs. Principle Charts: The Sabbath Day

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Under the Old Covenant, Yahweh commanded His followers to treat the last day of every week as a day of rest or Sabbath.  Let’s now learn about the spiritual principles that were being promoted by the Sabbath laws, how the Jews responded to those laws, and what we should be learning from them as modern day Christians. (Click on each image to enlarge.) Read more of this post

Law vs. Principle Charts: Tithing

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In the Church today, you never hear the truth about how the Old Covenant tithing system worked.  Instead, you’re constantly lied to about what God teaches on the subject while Christian leaders shamelessly profit off of your ignorance.  Let’s now sort out the mess by learning some basics about how tithing worked in the Old Testament, what its purpose was, and what role tithing should play in your life today. (Click on each image to enlarge.) Read more of this post

Applying the Ten Commandments: Guidance for Christians

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Christians have a bizarre tradition of clinging to the Ten Commandments as if they are the only commandments Yahweh ever gave.  Then we pretend that God was talking to us when He gave these commands—which He wasn’t—and we go on to preach that God is still demanding that Christians obey all of these commands today.  Well, this is an epic misunderstanding, for do you know what would happen to you if you really put heart and soul into obeying the Ten Commandments to the letter?  You’d end up in Hell.  Why?  Because you’d refuse to worship Jesus or the Holy Spirit as the Almighty Gods that They are.  Do you want to end up in Hell?  Of course you don’t, and that means it’s time to take off the blinders and give some serious thought as to which of these commands are still applicable under the New Covenant. Read more of this post

All About Circumcision

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In Genesis 17, Yahweh appeared to 99 year old Abraham and established a covenant with him. What was that covenant about? Yahweh said:

“As for Me, My covenant is with you: you will become the father of many nations. Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations. I will make you extremely fruitful and will make nations and kings come from you. I will keep My covenant between Me and you, and your future offspring throughout their generations, as an everlasting covenant to be your God and the God of your offspring after you. And to you and your future offspring I will give the land where you are residing—all the land of Canaan—as an eternal possession, and I will be their God.” (Gen. 17:4-8)

Here God is promising childless Abraham (who is still going by the name Abram) that he’s going to have many descendants. In other words, Abraham’s family line will continue on and on—it won’t be some flash in the pan that disappears from the history books after a few generations. Notice how God promises Abraham will end up the father of both nations (signifying great numbers) and kings (signifying importance). So Abraham’s descendants aren’t going to just be a bunch of nobodies—some great men will come from his line. Of course Abraham will be long dead before any of this happens, but in Abraham’s culture, it’s extremely comforting to think that your family line is going to continue long and strong. So God is putting out promises that have a very positive psychological impact on Abraham. Read more of this post

How the Cross Broke the Law

How the Cross Broke the Law

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We Christians like to celebrate Jesus as “the Lamb who took away the sins of the world.”  Yahweh presents Jesus’ death on a cross to us as an act which atoned for the sins of the entire world.  In other words, Jesus was the ultimate sin offering.

Now under Yahweh’s Old Covenant, there were different types of offerings.  Each offering had specific rules and regulations attached to it.  If these rules were not strictly adhered to, the whole offering was considered null and void. Let’s look at some of Yahweh’s requirements for a sin offering. Read more of this post

Jesus: The Arrogant Lawbreaker

Jesus: the Arrogant Lawbreaker

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Jesus was the Messiah—Yahweh’s special Servant whose coming was foretold by Yahweh’s prophets hundreds of years in advance. Better yet, Jesus was God. Now you’d expect that God in human form would obey God’s Laws for humans, right? After all, we’re told that Jesus was perfect and sinless. Well, obviously the definition of “sin” was bent where Jesus was concerned because Jesus not only broke Yahweh’s Law, He felt free to publicly renounce it. Wow. We can see how devoted Yahweh followers would have had some serious hesitation in accepting Jesus’ claims to be perfectly obeying Yahweh in everything He said and did.

In both Matthew 15 and Mark 7, we find Jesus making a very shocking statement about God’s dietary laws. Under the Old Covenant, there was a long list of foods that Yahweh considered unclean. To eat them was an act of rebellion which would make a person spiritually unclean until he presented proper sacrifices to atone for his sin. Well, Jesus couldn’t be bothered with all of that. He just blew the food laws off as irrelevant—and He did it in front of a large crowd of people. What a great example of…rebellion? Hm. Read more of this post

Leviticus 25 – Jubilee & the Sabbath Year

Leviticus 25 – Jubilee & the Sabbath Year

God was clear that He was never going to fully give the Promised Land to the Israelites—He was simply going to let them live in it.

“The land must not be sold without a way of getting it back. That is because it belongs to Me. You are only outsiders who rent My land.” (Lev. 25:23)

Of course everything God creates is His property, but most of us don’t acknowledge this fact in our everyday lives. Instead we get very touchy about someone else telling us what to do with OUR stuff. To help Israel keep a grip on His Ownership of everything, God gave them some very particular rules about how to manage the land He was letting them live on. The Sabbath Year and the Year of Jubilee were two key principles that were designed to challenge their faith and keep them aware of their dependency on God. Read more of this post

The Nazirite Laws: All Are Welcome to Draw Near

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While we certainly want to celebrate our privileges under the New Covenant, we don’t want to miss the fact that God has always invited common people to come near to Him.  Even in the midst of a sacrificial system with a constant emphasis on sin and uncleanliness, God encouraged everyone to pursue a personal bond with Him.  One of the ways He did this was by setting up the Nazirite laws. Read more of this post